$35 million Vehicle Tender Suspended

Complaints were made that the conditions of the tender limit competition by discriminating against foreign companies, and in response to the objections, the submission of bids has been suspended, after having initially been scheduled for March 13.

Monday, March 12, 2018

On August 31, 2017, the General Directorate of Public Procurement published the specifications for the tender consisting of the "Supply of Vehicles, Buses, Trucks and Light Heavy Equipment", with a reference value of $35 million, and the deadline for submitting offers was set for March 13, 2018.

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One of the requirements demanded in the tender document is that "the proponent has been an authorized distributor for the last two years and that the brands offered have been commercialized in the Republic of Panama for (10) years or more".

This demand motivated the presentation of a claim, which argues that " ... it limits competition in the international market for those who have not traded vehicles at the national level and even less because of the amount of time required in this requirement that only nationals and perhaps a couple of foreign brands will be able to comply with."

Laestrella.com.pa reports that "... In the view of the claimant, the addendum is 'illegal, limiting competition and seems designed to purposely exclude non-traditional brands to benefit a few distributors settled in the country'."

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